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Maria Dolores León Torres (left), at home with her family in the La Vista neighborhood of Chapala, Mexico. She and her son Juan de Dios, age 4 (center), were part of a Harvard study investigating suspected contamination in fish from Lake Chapala. “We haven’t ever gotten ill,” she said. Photos by Ned Brown/Harvard Staff

The mystery of the lake

Harvard researchers probed whether fish in Mexican area were contaminated — and were harming mothers, children



A builder takes a breather from reconstruction efforts in the coastal town of Cobqueruca, Chile, which was the epicenter of an earthquake in February 2010. More than three years later, the work continues ... with the help of Harvard's Recupera Chile. Ned Brown/Harvard Staff

Brick by brick

Long after Chile’s deadly quake, Harvard continues to help rebuild